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Public meetings re SR 81-Thayer Road intersection improvement

Feasibility of constructing a roundabout under consideration

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, invites the public to a meeting regarding a proposed project to improve the safety of the State Road 81 and Thayer Road intersection in Lima, Allen County.

Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Union Chapel Missionary Church, 4869 Ada Road, Lima.

Attendees need only attend one of the two sessions. The same information will be presented at each meeting.

Trick or Treat night in Ada is October 26

The Village of Ada has announced that Trick or Treat will be on October 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This notice and other village announcements are found at

5th Quarter offers homecoming activities, inside and out

Ada High School alumni are included in the invitation to 5th Quarter activities for Homecoming on Friday, September 25.

Coordinator Amber Simon makes the pitch: "ADA ALUMNI! Have you heard of our 5th Quarters and it makes you miss our days of hanging out at Hardee’s after the game? This is your moment! Come and bring the family to see how these kids do 5th Quarter! This is completely free to you."

Buckeye East coffee shop, 123 E Buckeye Ave., will be roping off the parkig lot for a bounce house, Gaga Ball pit, alumni friends grilling hot dogs, and karaoke. Indoors there will be traditional 5th Quarter activities: pizzas, prizes, snacks and music.

There will be adults monitoring all areas and making sure kids stay on the property. Only 6th-12th graders should be dropped off. Alumni that bring younger children must stay and be responsible for them.

Harvest & Herb festival preview: Vendors love Ada turnout

ONU Polar Preview and Family & Siblings Day also bring visitors to town

By Paula Scott

The 37th annual Harvest & Herb festival takes place on Ada's Main Street on Saturday, September 16. Coordinated by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival schedule is:

9:00 a.m. Festival opens
- Parade line-up at Ada High School
10:00 a.m. Parade start; route on Main from Highland to ONU campus
12:00 p.m. Crowning of the festival queen at Depot Park
4:00 p.m. Festival closes

There will be over 185 vendors ranging from “bakers to wreath makers and everything in between.” The chamber encourages visitors to start their holiday shopping early while supporting local vendors and artists. There will be live metal forging demonstrations, many food and beverage options, and Romick Railway rides.

The festival also features the largest parade in Ada and the crowning of the festival queen. The queen is selected by a panel of Judges based on scores received for three essays and an in-person interview.


Hardin County Family YMCA to host Infant Swim Rescue class

The Hardin County Family YMCA will be hosting an Infant Swim Rescue class starting October 3. Organizers explain, "If you have never heard of ISR you need to! This is not your average swim lesson. It is a life saving swim program for children ages 6 months to 6 years.

Advance care planning workshops held by doctoral nursing student

Ada First United Methodist Church will host three Advance Care Planning workshops facilitated by Bluffton resident and doctoral nursing student Ruth Myers as community health outreach.

The events will be held on September 23, October 21 and November 18 from 1-:00-4:00 p.m. Childcare is available for registered participants. Please register by scanning the QR code or contact Ruth Myers or the church office: [email protected] or 419-634-4626.

The workshop involves viewing video scenarios and answering questions relating to choices at the end of life.

This free workshop is open for all adults at any stage of health. Myers welcomes individuals as well as family groups and loved ones.